Professor

Year Started at JMU: 2006

griscohp@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Website: https://heathergriscom.weebly.com/

Research Description

Our research questions are centered on restoration ecology within  Southern Appalachian  and dry tropical forest ecosystems.  Restoration of forests offers ~10% of the cost-effective solution to global climate change. Simultaneously, forest restoration is critical to reversing the species extinction crisis.   To this end, we study barriers to plant regeneration and changes in biomass and diversity in forest ecosystems.  Long-term regional and global studies allow us to identify and prioritize restoration strategies with emphasis on mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration.

Courses
  • Ecology and Evolution (BIO 250)
  • Forest Ecology (BIO 402/502)

Office Hours

Education
  • PhD in Tropical Forest Ecology, 2004, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • MFS in Forest Ecology, 2000, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • BA in Biology, 1997, Smith College
Select Publications
  • Griscom, H., B. Griscom, L. Siderhurst. 2014 Spatial Dynamics of Canopy Trees in an Old Growth Eastern Hemlock Forest in the Central Appalachian Highlands. Natural Areas Journal. 34 (1): 99-104.
  • Griscom, H.P, Ashton, M., 2011. Restoration of dry tropical forests in Central America: a review of pattern and process. Forest Ecology and Management. 261: 1564-1579
  • Griscom, H., B. Griscom. 2012. Evaluating the ecological niche of American chestnut for optimal hybrid seedling reintroduction sites in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley Province. New Forests. 43. 441-455.

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